|This was the first single Aerosmith released.
Their manager had them share a house and concentrate on writing
songs for their first album. Steven Tyler had been working on this
on and off for about 6 years, and was able to complete it with the
help of the rest of the band.
|Aerosmith was their first album. It
didn't do so well, mainly because their record company didn't
promote it. Columbia records was focused on Bruce Springsteen's
first album, and put little effort into promoting this. Aerosmith
was in danger of being dropped, but Columbia decided to keep them
when they released this as a single and it showed promise, reaching
#59 in the US.
|Tyler: "It's about the hunger to be somebody:
Dream until your dreams come true."
|This went to #6 when it was re-released in
1976, after the band had a larger audience.
|Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry hated this. He
thought it was much too soft.
|Tyler played the piano on this. It provided an
interlude at concerts where he could sit behind a piano instead of
running around on stage.
|The album was reissued in 1987 and 1993, after
their albums Permanent Vacation and Get A Grip exposed
them to a new audience who had not heard their early work.
|Aerosmith first performed this at the Shaboo
Inn in Willimantic, Connecticut. They were paid $175 and a bottle of
gin for the show.
|Tyler's ex-wife, actress Cyrinda Fox, wrote a
book in 1996 called Dream On where she trashed Tyler for
paying little child support and doing other bad things. Tyler was
not pleased with Fox when the book came out, but they became friends
once again when Cyrinda learned she had brain cancer. Tyler paid her
medical bills until her death in 2002.
|Eminem used this as the basis for his 2002
song "Sing For The Moment." Tyler's vocals were sampled and Perry
played guitar on Eminem's track.
|This plays over the closing credits of the
2004 movie Miracle, about the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team. In
the credits, they explain what has happened to each member of the
team since they won the gold medal.
|Ronnie James Dio sang this on the album
Aerosmith Tribute: Not The Same Old Song & Dance (released
September 7, 1999). Yngwie Johann Malmsteen played the guitar part -
It's what you'd expect, a million notes per minute. (thanks, Dino -